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revised October 15, 2015
Student Health 2005: Gauging the health of Peel's youth

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Injuries, both intentional and unintentional, are a significant health problem in children and youth. This section describes Peel students’ attitudes and beliefs about injury prevention.

  • Sixteen per cent of all Peel students reported they had had one serious injury that required medical attention in the past 12 months, while 12% reported they had had two or more such injuries. Thirty-one per cent reported they had missed at least one full day of school or other activities as a result of such an injury.
  • Most serious injuries (35%) occurred at a sports facility or field (other than one located at a school) and the majority (62%) of students reported they had been engaged in sports or physical exercise, including activities at school, when the injury occurred.
  • Few students wear helmets or other protective gear while cycling, snowboarding or doing other outdoor activities.
  • Only 19% of all students reported they had worn a helmet always or most of the time when they rode a bicycle. Seventeen per cent and 19% reported doing the same when in-line skating and downhill skiing, respectively. This proportion rose to 32% for those students who snowboarded.
  • Eighty-seven per cent of young motor vehicle drivers indicated they always fastened their seat belt when they drove and another 8% reported they used their seat belt most of the time. Females (93%) were much more likely than males (82%) to have reported they always fastened their seat belts.

Chapter 8 - Injuries (PDF 101KB, 22 pages)

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